NREL Energy Sciences research supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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NREL scientists and researchers develop new knowledge and fundamental concepts in the chemical, biological, and materials sciences. These researchers conduct the foundational scientific research that underpins NREL's technological research and development (R&D), including theoretical and fundamental research in chemical and materials science. We partner with universities, other national laboratories, and industry to bring additional capabilities to ongoing R&D programs at NREL.

Associate Laboratory Director Bill Tumas leads the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology directorate, which comprises two centers: Chemical and Materials Science and the National Center for Photovoltaics.

NREL Fellows and Emeriti focusing on energy sciences enhance the quality of and define the strategic direction of our research.